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Liverpool set for double transfer audition as Fluminense already made André Trindade stance clear


Liverpool’s scouting network is regarded as one of the best on the planet, but it is curious that certain regions of the world almost seem to be off-limits for the Reds. In fact, over a decade has passed since the Anfield club signed a player directly from South America, which is quite astounding.

In the summer of 2012, Liverpool sanctioned the arrival of Sebastián Coates, who joined from Uruguayan side Nacional. The imposing center-back struggled to make an impact in England and, after making just six starts in the Premier League, he was sold to Sunderland before later joining Sporting Lisbon.

Before Coates, Rafael Benítez invested in a certain Lucas Leiva in 2007. The Brazilian was far more successful in Europe and amassed a total of 246 appearances in England’s top flight but overall, Liverpool has generally avoided signing players directly from South America.

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Such a scouting approach is curious considering the players that tend to emanate from that continent. Over the years, a whole host of stars have represented the Reds, but they have only been signed after demonstrating some degree of success in Europe representing other clubs.

The list is almost endless, and it includes the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Alexis Mac Allister, Javier Mascherano and Luis Suárez. All of those players met the required standard once they moved to Anfield, but Liverpool refrained from poaching them from the source.

That scouting oversight could be about to change, with the Reds holding an interest in a player by the name of André Trindade, who is currently representing Fluminense in his homeland. The Brazilian midfielder looks like a real gem, and it is worth noting that he’s still just 22 years old.